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BACP Registered & Accredited Counsellor

About me

There can be times in life when we experience difficult feelings that can become distressing, overwhelming and confusing. We may feel unable to cope, alone or find it hard to see a way forward. When we feel like this, having a safe and non-judgemental space to think about our thoughts and feelings can be really helpful. It can also enable us to make sense of our difficulties and think about solutions. I believe in working with you to consider the support that might be most useful, going at your own pace and valuing your feedback. In my practice, I draw on a range of therapeutic approaches, which we would talk about together to best meet your needs.

Taking the first step

I appreciate that seeking help and support can be a difficult process, so I am very happy for you to contact me in the first instance to discuss your situation confidentially and ask any questions you may have.

I offer an initial consultation session at a reduced rate, where I can introduced myself and discuss the counselling process in more depth. This is also a useful space to think about what support might be most helpful to you at this time. After the consultation, if you would like to go ahead with counselling, we could organise your first session with me. These may take place weekly or fortnightly, depending on what works for you. You do not have to make a decision immediately after the initial consultation. I am happy for you to take some time, think about it and get back to me.

Initial consultations can also take place over the phone or online. Please feel free to email me in the first instance if you have any questions about booking a consultation with me.

Background

I am an experienced and qualified integrative therapeutic counsellor who has worked with evidence-based approaches, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Counselling for Depression (CfD). As a registered and accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I work in accordance with their Ethical Framework for Good Practice.

I am able to offer support with difficulties such as:

  • Low mood
  • Sadness
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Panic
  • Fear
  • Relationship issues
  • Family issues
  • Low self esteem
  • Low confidence
  • Bereavement

In addition to private adult counselling, I have extensive experience working with children, young people and families, with expertise in additional educational needs. This includes autistic spectrum disorder, social communication difficulties, dyslexia, social emotional and mental health difficulties, behavioural difficulties and parenting. Again, I would be happy to discuss this part of my work with you if you require support in this area.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Accredited and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
  • CPCAB Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision
  • Supervisors Training - Kings College London
  • PGCert in Evidence Based Counselling Practice - Kings College London
  • CPCAB FD in Counselling
  • CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Multi-Family Therapy Group Training - Anna Freud Centre
  • AVCE Health and Social Care
  • NVQ in Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Diploma in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
  • Certified trainer in Managing Actual and Potential Aggression (MAPA)
  • Signs of Safety Training
  • Independent Parental Special Educational Advice (IPSEA) legal training
  • Family Partnership Training accredited by the Centre for Child and Family Support

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

Additional information

Initial consultation session (50 minutes) - £15

Individual counselling sessions - £45 per 60 minute session

When I work

Evenings and weekends

Further information

Please feel free to contact me for further information, without obligation, or to discuss any queries you may have.

I hold professional liability insurance.

Orpington, BR6

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Families
David Linford

David Linford